Thursday, 24 November 2011

On Standby

Out of necessity I've had to purchase a new idiot's lantern. It's nothing particularly special, I don't really watch much television but I'm pretty pleased with it.

Naturally the box was festooned with copious environmental messages, most of them images with red lines through, telling you not what to do such as; don't dispose of in a wheelie bin, or throw it at your neighbour's cat - that sort of thing. On the box also was a large logo with the words "Planet First: Making the world a greener, cleaner place to live".

Inside the box, the 'think of the polar bears' theme continues. Included is a foil sticker which contains an EU energy rating and has energy consumption figures on it. Mine is rated 'A' so apparently that's good (it looks remarkably similar to those foil club badges in Panini football sticker albums).

And so onto the instruction manual. Now, don't expect it tell you how to set the tv up, because it won't, there's the e-manual on the tv to do that - saves paper you see. So you have to turn the set on in order to get instructions on how to plug the tv in. Instead, in the paper version, we get more environmental messages such as the carbon footprint and the following advice:
Do not leave your tv in standby mode for long periods of time, as a small amount of electric power is still consumed.
So all well and good, I've bought a new tv and have nice warm feeling inside that I've done my bit for the environment.

However, there's a problem...

There's one feature my shiny new tv doesn't have that all my previous ones did...an on/off button. It doesn't have one, no push button, no rocker switch, no nothing. That then leaves only two options. Either unplugging the set, which means clambering around the back, fighting the cable spaghetti to unplug it from a four gang socket (for Mrs TBF this is a complete non starter). Or...wait for it...leave it on standby...permanently.

Genius, eh?

11 comments:

  1. I have exactly the same problem.
    There is a little button thingy on the front but that just puts it on standby.

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  2. @Bucko, I've been looking about the internet and apparently it's a 'feature' on a lot of new tellys. What idiot came up with that bright idea?

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  3. The same idiot who thought that we all want upside down three pin plugs TBF.

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  4. 'And so onto the instruction manual. Now, don't expect it tell you how to set the tv up, because it won't, there's the e-manual on the tv to do that - saves paper you see. So you have to turn the set on in order to get instructions on how to plug the tv in' - Bloke I work with just said why not print it on the box.

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  5. @Anon Good point, pointless as well that the energy diagram is inside the box. By the time you've seen it - you've already bought the tv and taken it out of the packaging - so whether it's category A, B or otherwise is irrelevant. It's too late.

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  6. I opened a box of Tea bags last night which had an instruction on the flap to "never boil more water than is needed" - The Conformity Policy at it again.

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  7. @Daniel1979 I sincerely hope you followed said instructions to a 'T'

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  8. That is sooooooo typical of modern, in yer face design. The basics are neglected.

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  9. Try a set of these. Easier than crawling round the back of stuff;
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Remote-Control-Socket-Set/dp/B000H9HU70

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  10. @James Higham Indeed, happens a lot

    @Anon, thanks, had a look at these earlier

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